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Monday, 12 November 1973
Page: 3099


Mr HEWSON (MCMILLAN, VICTORIA) - I direct my question to the Minister for Labour. What attention has the Minister given to the serious situation developing throughout Victoria and the repercussions around Australia caused by the striking electrical trades workers of the Latrobe Valley in Victoria? Is he aware that these men have been out of work now for 5 weeks, without any intervention by the Minister? Is he aware of the unsuccessful attempt by the President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the Federal President of the Australian Labor Party, Mr Hawke, who recognised the dispute to be one of national importance, to bring about a settlement? What responsible action does the Minister propose he should take to settle this dispute to the satisfaction of the electrical trades workers and all other workers now unemployed as a result of the strike. In view of my grave concern for the affected workers, which I have expressed to them by way of offering to meet them, and my offer having been accepted-


Mr SPEAKER -Order! Will the honourable gentleman please ask his question?


Mr HEWSON - Yes, Sir. Will the Minister accompany me to the meeting in the Latrobe Valley to learn at first hand the cause of the problem?


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The Leader of the Opposition has indicated that he will give leave for me to make a statement as soon as question time has finished, which is now really - subject, of course, to what the Prime Minister says. It will touch upon the matter that the honourable member has raised. If that undertaking still stands, I will leave the matter until then.







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